Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed over $100 billion in spending cuts. H.R. 1, which will fund the federal government through the end of September, passed on a vote of 235 to 189.
"When your car is speeding towards a cliff you don't turn on the cruise control, you slam on the brakes," said Rep. Paulsen. "This package, with over $100 billion in spending cuts, is a good start towards putting the brakes on wasteful Washington spending and removing barriers to job creation. Minnesota families have been forced to cut their budgets during this economic crisis; there is no reason that the government can't as well. We must use every resource available to put in place policies that will spur job creation, remove burdensome regulations and get our fiscal house in order. Americans deserve more. We made some very difficult choices in this bill, but it's time for Congress to stop passing the buck and start to display the sort of leadership expected of us. "
Paulsen, a champion of small business and advocate of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, and is co-chair of the Congressional Korea-U.S. Free Trade Working Group and co-chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus.